Beta versions of the software are useful sources of information for a variety of reasons. One reason is that developers, in this case, the Google team, will not hesitate to include test code even if it is not yet functional. This is how it has been detected that Google is working on a function similar to Apple’s Handoff but for Android and Chrome OS.
Google working on a feature to connect Android 12 and Chrome OS similar to Apple’s Handoff
Google has been working on improving the interaction between its two primary operating systems, Android and Chrome OS, for some time. Now it appears that a ‘Better Together breakthrough will arrive in the form of a ‘Push’ function. Finally, the code revealed by 9to5Google also shows that this Push function will allow us to mirror our Android phone on a Chromebook.
The code is decrypted using the Google app, a popular leak in the field, and within are concealed lines of code that reveals our future Push functionality. Since the initial Android 12 version, which was released in February, this functionality has been included in the development process since then. Because of this, it may be assumed that it will be implemented with the arrival of Android 12 final, which is scheduled for October 4th.
The option to take a screenshot is built in to the Android multitasking, next to buttons for taking screenshots, text selection, and sharing the current window’s content. There, on the right side, once the option is activated (still under development), the Pushbutton appears, whose function is to protect the content of our phone to an external screen with Chrome OS. That is, to a Chromebook.
When you’re logged into Chrome OS, the Android screen appears on the Google Display app on Android. The devices must be connected to the same WiFi network in order for a direct connection to be established between them and for our Android screen to be perfectly manipulable. Who says full screen implies we can run an app from our phone or laptop and use Chrome OS? What we’ll need is simply for the screen of our Android to be “launched” to the Chromebook.
Push will, in addition to this, allow us to take phone calls from our Chromebook. The system is a streaming connection in which the phone is the sender and the computer is the receiver. Once it is released, when Google decides to take the plunge, we will be able to see how much it resembles Apple’s Handoff with iOS and macOS.